Hipcamp host  Mary Lou M.,
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Owl Hollows impressive wilderness offers an ideal getaway in a superb setting.  Get reacquainted with your better half, nature, star gaze or gather around the fire pit by yourself with family and or friends!   Owl Hollow has wide-open skies that boast striking sunset views with brilliant streaks of color.   Explore Owl Hollows, 4.98 acres of cedar and oak-covered hill till y


Owl Hollows impressive wilderness offers an ideal getaway in a superb setting.  Get reacquainted with your better half, nature, star gaze or gather around the fire pit by yourself with family and or friends!   Owl Hollow has wide-open skies that boast striking sunset views with brilliant streaks of color.   Explore Owl Hollows, 4.98 acres of cedar and oak-covered hill till you find your favorite destination spot.  Park your vehicle in the front designated area in reverse, explore and pitch your tent ⛺️ in your favorite spot.  One vehicle per campsite, there is an extra fee per extra vehicle(s) Whether you're traveling solo, with family, friends or your partner, make yourself at home in one of the designated Hipcamp areas.  Owl Hollow Hipcamp offers a fire pit / grill in the communal area or you can bring your own grill.  Remember to bring your own grilling utensils. (If Hays County does not have a BURNBAN you are welcome to use the fire pit). We also have a communal restroom with hot shower (refreshing) and a flushing toilet. There is a sink outside the bathroom to wash your dishes (please use eco-friendly dishwashing liquid), or to fetch water for coffee.  This is well water and believe us, it is cool, refreshing and great tasting!   You can also ride your bike down the street thru the winding hill all the way to the cul-de-sac.   We also have a dog run (for whatever type pet you have) in case you want to go to town and leave them at Owl Hollow.  Owl Hollow is in the middle of Texas Hill Country, you make the choice how relaxing or busy you want to be during your stay with us.   One of your many choices is to go swimming or float the Lazy San Marcos River at Rio Vista Park which is 7.6 miles.  Owl Hollow is conveniently located: 40 miles from Austin TX, while San Antonio is 55 miles away.  Texas State University is 7 miles near.  Hiking nearby at Purgatory Creek Natural Area and Spring Lake Preserve.  On Saturdays between 8:30-12:30 there's the farmers market downtown at the Plaza.  Owl Hollow Hipcamp is just a few minutes drive from open-air shopping, the outlets, entertainment, local eateries and activities.    Enjoy a meal at one of our many local eateries or stay in and take advantage of the  COMMUNAL FIRE PIT / GRILL.   (I'll let you know if we have a BURNBAN).  (BRING YOUR OWN FIREWOOOD) Wrap up your day with your favorite drink and happy grilling;  veggies, hotdogs, hamburgers or whatever pleases your palette.  And for dessert remember the S'MORES.  After you've indulged in a wonderful meal with your partner, family and or friends, immerse yourself with nature while waiting for the beautiful sunsets.  Wait for the deer, rabbits, fox, opossums, raccoons, squirrels and many other critters while you star gaze till you fall into a quiet slumber sleep.  You will awaken refreshed and fully rested with the morning doves ready for the new days activities! Owl Hollow’s policy is: LEAVE OWL HOLLOW AS YOU FOUND IT OR BETTER!  (TAKE WHAT YOU'VE BROUGHT:  trash, cigarette butts, bottle tops, bottles, cans with you!)    We’ve pruned the landscape  a bit and cleared some areas, but we think we’ve left plenty of wildness for you to reconnect with nature and nurture your soul.  Create your dream trip for a weekend, holiday trip or during the week and visit us at Owl Hollow Hipcamp.  We would love to host you. PLEASE LEAVE OWL HOLLOW THE WAY YOU FOUND IT or BETTER!  We are a pet eco friendly camp, you need to PICK UP YOUR PETS POOP.    No trash bins/pack it and take it with you. Thank you, hope to see y'owl soon,  Oscar and Mary Lou

Campsite area
Tent sites
6 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Moderate walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mary Lou a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


The Meadow Center for Water and the Environment formerly the Aquarena Center is an educational center in San Marcos, TX they ha...Read more


-Lime Kiln Trailhead 685 Lime Kiln Rd. -Purgatory Creek Natural Area 2101 Hunter Rd -Aquarena Trsilhead


You can paddle down the San Marcos river only 7 miles away.


7-10 minutes away at the San Marcos River, swim, float or paddle surf, your choice. You can also sit on the edge and people wa...Read more

Wildlife watching

-Here on the property `Lime Kiln Trailhead 685 Lime Kiln Rd. -Purgatory Creek Natural Area 2101 Hunter Rd



Natural features you'll find at Owl Hollow 🦉 in Texas.


Wonder World has a cave, an ancient earthquake cave recorded in Texas Historic Landmark


-here and read below -Lime Kiln Trailhead 685 Lime Kiln Rd. -Purgatory Creek Natural Area 2101 Hunter Rd

River, stream, or creek

San Marcos River 7 miles from here.

Swimming hole

San Marcos River 7 miles from here.


Gravel driveway.

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Hipcamper KRISTINA

Dog camping under the stars!

Kristina V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 10th, 2022

I was traveling from San Diego and came across this awesome GEM!!!

Mary Lou was a great host from start to end. She was in great contact with me even though I booked late and would arrive later 10:30pm -ish. Her directions were clear and easy to follow in the dark. You can’t miss the super cool owl mural!

Upon arrival Mary Lou came out and assisted me into my assigned parking spot, welcomed me, and provided me with a wheel barrow for hauling my things the short distance to the camp spots. She was accommodating, respectful, and such a pleasure to connect with.

Each spot is separated well, with fire pits and plenty of dry wood to burn.

I was the only tent camper so I opted for a slightly closer spot to the Very Clean and Nice bathroom and shower rooms built on the property. Their are two to share with long term guest and Hip campers. Never had a problem with them being occupied. Mary Lou provides quality TP just for HC guest. Shower had great pressure and hot water!

The land is beautiful and quiet! You can see all the stars! Shaded or more open spots available. Ground was soft with some rocky areas. No problem finding great tent spots.

Butterfly’s and flowers all around during the day. My dog loved it here!

I would highly recommend this location and would absolutely come back if in the area!!

Hipcamper James
James H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 21st, 2022

The host are amazing easy to work with. It was great experience and cant wait to go back again.

Hipcamper Keith
Keith W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 2nd, 2021

Very friendly and a quiet place to stay

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Hipcamper Brandy

Beautiful, peaceful and very clean

Brandy L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2021

This little hidden gem is just what my family needed. Mary Lou and Oscar are amazing people that are genuinely kind. They remind me of my parents and I enjoyed having conversations and coffee with them. Their property is beautiful, peaceful and well-maintained. I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere with the perfect amount of privacy, yet clean bathrooms and a warm shower a small walk away from our site. We have decided to make this location an annual tradition. My kids can't stop talking about how fun and beautiful "that place with the owl" was. Thank you Mary Lou and Oscar for your hospitality and many great conversations!

Hipcamper Germaine
Germaine S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 17th, 2021

Looking for a hip camp? This is definitely it!!
We ended up at this place for a reason.
Mary and Oscar were beyond friendly, helpful, and kind.
Everyone enjoyed talking to both of them.
The property is well maintained and the bathroom/kitchen area is close to camp.
I would without a doubt recommend camping out at this lovely peace of property.

Hipcamper Tressa
Tressa R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 16th, 2021

Mary Lou’s place is wonderful! It’s so beautiful and peaceful. We enjoyed every second.

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Hipcamper Kristi

Peaceful nature filled night!

Kristi L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 12th, 2021

Quiet and peaceful! Accommodations and groomed areas beyond my expectations. It was such a treat to sit under the stars without the city lights to mar the view. Waking to a light fog and breakfast with deer!

Hipcamper Monica

I love the hospitality off the owne

Monica M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 11th, 2021

Wow what a amazing stay mary and her husband welcomed us like family...they even set out coffee for the campers to enjoy.i would for sure stay again.when i was up to check out I found out my mom had covid so we were going to have to stay away for a short time more..i asked if we could stay a few more days and her reply was "you can stay a month if you like"that made it all worth while......thanks guys .

Hipcamper  Mary Lou
Response from Mary Lou, the Host, on October 11th, 2021

It was a pleasure meeting Monica and her guests. they were respectful and followed all the guidelines of Owl Hollow. I recommend Monica to all Hipcamps!

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Hipcamper Emanuel

Simple. clean. quiet. good sleep.

Emanuel G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 7th, 2021

Camping on someone’s land. We had low expectations because we just needed a place to pitch our tents. Owl Hollow worked great. We used the fire pit, sat in the bench, and relaxed a bit before heading to bed. The closest we got to seeing any wildlife was hearing the coyotes howl at night a few miles away (I assume). Mary Lou was very kind and had a kurig outside so that we could make some coffee.

Owl Hollow at San Marcos
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